The following rules for crew changes in Pakistan are now in force and must be complied with. Failure to do so will result in the rejection of crew change permission and may be deemed criminal offense, with heavy penalties.
Visa can be arranged on arrival (LANDING PERMIT) for joining crew only if arriving at Karachi Airport, for all nationalities except Israel.
Joining crew should not depart on flight without OK to board letter at least. Any joiner that misses their flight must not arrange new flight without new OKTB letters.
At times, a full working day will be needed to receive PMSA permission if crew are joining at outer anchorage.
Crew joining a vessel at Pakistani ports must sail with the vessel and cannot off-sign after joining and before sailing. Crew cannot stay in a hotel if their vessel is at berth.
Crew’s landing permit to crew will be granted on arrival only if they have VALID PASSPORT AND SEAMAN BOOK ISSUED FROM SAME COUNTRY & SAME RANK MENTIONED ON THE SEAMAN BOOK. Availability of both the documents (passport & seaman book) is compulsory.
CLEAR READABLE COLORED SCAN COPIES OF SEAMAN BOOK / PASSPORT (FRONT PAGE / SHOWING ISSUING AND EXPIRY DATE) WITH RANK OF THE CREW and e-ticket must be provided at least 48 working hours prior arrival of joiners.
Joiners should show their Seaman Book / Passport to immigration authorities at Karachi airport and advise authorities that “they have arrived to join the vessel MV XXXXXXX at PORT QASIM or KARACHI PORT and M/S GAC Pakistan (Private) Ltd is their agent.
Joiner must have their home company's letter mentioning full particulars / details of seaman and clearly mentioning that they will join the vessel MV XXXXXXX at PORT QASIM or KARACHI PORT.
On Signing of INDIAN, BANGLADESHI, BURMI, AFGHANI, VIETNAMESE, MYANMAR, NORTH KOREAN & TAIWAN NATIONALS crew is permitted under immigration escort only and THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO STAY IN HOTEL. They must proceed from airport to the Ship directly under immigration escort. They may not join the vessel from anchorage, so flights must be arranged on the basis of the vessel berthing schedule or arranged when vessel is at berth.
Crew can only fly to their home land and if need to fly to other country he must be in possession of the valid visa of that country.
A copy of e-ticket must be provided to arrange exit visa and to obtain permissions from local authorities.
At least 24 working hours is required to arrange crew sign-off permission.
Off-signing of INDIAN, BANGLADESHI, BURMI, AFGHANI, VIETNAMESE, MYANMAR, NORTH KOREAN & TAIWAN NATIONALS crew are permitted under immigration escort and THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO STAY IN HOTEL. They must leave vessel to airport directly under immigration escort. They are not allowed to disembark from the vessel at anchorage, so
In case of flight change or cancellation of crew change where immigration permission and OKTB has been already obtained, this cost will be settled in the account.
On/Off signing crew seaman book must be previously endorsed as SHIP’S CREW RANK only. Other ranks Superintendent / Owner’s Representative / Vetting inspector / Expeditor / Auditor / Supernumerary / Technicians / Riding Crew etc are NOT ALLOWED to Sign On/Off the vessel as per local immigration regulation.
If crew is changing from outer anchorage then vessel must be registered to port authority and anchorage charges paid for the vessel’s stay during crew change operation by vessel. The Master of the vessel must arrive at Karachi outer anchorage area and have to contact with port control authority to register their vessel and inform port control authority that vessel has arrived on ETC timings for crew change purpose only. Thereafter, that port control will register their vessel and PMSA will grant the permission to service boat to go alongside the vessel for crew change purpose.
Once the vessel arrives at Karachi outer anchorage and is registered, it cannot sail without performing crew change operation and vessel / owner must submit the undertaking to the agent and port authority that the vessel will not sail without performing crew operation.
In case of any emergency, permission must be requested of the port authority through the handling agent, and after port's confirmation vessel will be able to sail.
Passport and seaman book copies of all crew on board is required with the arrival crew list (endorse form Master of the vessel), before vessel’s arrival to immigration.
Before vessel departure, a departure crew list is required (endorse form Master of the vessel) with all crew passport and seaman book copies on board including newly joined on-signers then the immigration authorities will issue the clearance and allow the vessel to sail.
For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Pakistan, contact GAC Pakistan at [email protected]
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